ICEP Overview

What is the Indigenous Community Energy Plan Program?

The Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) Program supports First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to develop and maintain an updated community energy plan designed to enhance community energy security.

A Community Energy Plan helps to improve energy efficiency and reduce electricity consumption at the community level. It also helps communities consider opportunities for renewable energy solutions, and can promote a greater interest, awareness and understanding about energy planning.

This program includes two areas of focus:

  • developing new community energy plans; and
  • updating existing community energy plans.

The ICEP replaces the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program as of May 1, 2018. Documents related to the new ICEP Program can be found at Program Documents and Resources. For documents related to the ACEP Program, please see ACEP Documents Archive


IESO Indigenous Energy Support Programs update

Please note that effective March, 16, 2020, many IESO employees will primarily be working remotely until further notice. The IESO is implementing these temporary precautionary measures in response to COVID-19 to safeguard the health of its customers, employees, and vendors and to continue to fulfill its responsibility to ensure the reliable operation of the Ontario electricity grid.

During this time, the Energy Support Program team is committed to carrying on with general business operations. We will be available to receive communication via email and phone and will respond accordingly. Please note that response times may be longer than normal.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, consult with local health authorities and provide updates as needed. For more information on the current status of the programs, please visit our updated FAQs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your respective program leads by email as follows:

Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Program: acep@ieso.ca

Indigenous Community Energy Plan Program: icep@ieso.ca

Education and Capacity Building Program: ecb@ieso.ca

Community Energy Champion Program: cec@ieso.ca

Indigenous Energy Projects Program: iep@ieso.ca


The Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program supports Indigenous communities in the development of comprehensive, long-term energy plans

Community Energy Plan Status

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed at specific times throughout the year.  See the application process for what you can expect. 

Who is eligible?

First Nations and Métis Communities and Organizations in the province of Ontario can apply for funding. See the Program Guidelines for more details.

Funding is not provided to individuals. Joint applications for a shared single project may be submitted by two or more eligible applicants.

Contact ICEP Staff

The ICEP team is here to help you at any point along the way. Indigenous communities or organizations needing more information or interested in making a submission should email icep@ieso.ca or call 416-969-6317.